US 2096895 A
Description (OCR text may contain errors)
oct. 2.6, A1937.
A.HA1 P1N I 2,096,895
PORTABLE REGEPTACLE Z 2 NVENTOR.
Patented Oct. 26, 1937 UNITED STATES PATENToFFlcE PORTABLE RECEPTACLE Abraham Halpin, New York, N. Y.
Application December 21, 1936, Serial No. 116,884
This invention relates to devices such as portable receptacles.
One object of the invention is to provide a de- Vice of the character described having a pocket for concealing a slidable handle for the receptacle,
coordinated in an improved manner so as to obtain a diminished thickness of the wall structure, which is of importance especially in a brief case.
Another object of the invention is to furnish'a device of the type mentioned wherein an improved pocket structure provides a mouth portion acting as a guide for the handle slidable thereinto to diminish wearing and fraying of the edge of the mouth.
tion in a pocket, and the latter is secured against relative distortion of the walls of the pocket, so that a neat appearance is maintained even after long use.
Another object of the invention is to furnish an improved handle and pocket therefor, wherein the pocket is partially closed but with the mouth thereof free to receive the handle.
Another object of the invention is the provision of a portable receptacle having a pocket and a handle slidable therein having end flexible arm portions to ex with the wall of the receptacle, and the handle having at its end a stop portion guided into secure, nontwisting engagement with a portion of the pocket, whereby relatively long arms can be used for the otherwise rigid handle,
to thus permit the receptacle to be conveniently carried.
An important object of the invention is to provide a device as set forth wherein a concealable handle is furnished, the arrangement permitting guiding action for the handle into and out of its pocket Without the use of straps or the like,
and being very simple and inexpensive to manufacture, and durable, reliable and eflicient in use.
Other objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent as the specification proceeds.
With the aforesaid objects in view, the invention consists in the novel combinations and arrangements of parts hereinafter described in their preferred embodiments, pointed out in the subjoined claims, and illustrated in the annexed drawing, wherein like parts are designated by the same reference characters throughout the several a de- (Cl. 15G-1.5)
vice embodying the invention, with the handles in the concealed position.
Fig. 2 is a similar View with the handles in receptacle carrying position.
Fig. 3 is a sectional View taken on the line 3 3 of Fig. 1.
' Fig. 4 is an enlarged fragmentary sectional view taken on the line 4-4 of Fig. 2.
Fig. 5 is an enlarged View in elevation of a handle.
Figs. 6 and 7 are sectional views taken on the lines 6-6 and 'I-'I, respectively, of Fig. 5.
Fig. 8 is an enlarged sectional View taken on the line 8 8 of Fig. 2.
The advantages of the invention as hereoutlined are best realized when all of its features and instrumentalities are combined in one and the same structure, but, useful devices may be produced embodying less than the whole.
It will be obvious to those skilled in the art to A which the invention appertains, that the same may be incorporated in several diierent constructions. The accompanying drawing, therefore, is submitted merely as showing the preferred eX- emplication of the invention.
Referring in detail to the drawing, I0 denotes a device such as a portable receptacle, and particularly a brief case embodying the invention. The same may include a main compartment II provided by the side walls I2 and which is open at the top, said opening being closable as by a slide fastener I4. Each side wall may have a slot or slit I5 spaced below and extending along the edge or opening at the slide fastener I4 for a purpose hereinafter described.
Disposed within the compartment II and secured to the innerface of each wall I2, is a wall portion I6 which may be stitched to the wall I2 as by a line of stitching II which extends over the slit I5 to thus afford a pocket P whose mouth is at I5, and which is otherwise closed. A fastening means such as a line of stitching I8 may be disposed along a line generally parallel to the slit I5 to interconnect the Wall portions I2 and I6 to thus divide the pocket P into an upper pocket portion PI and a lower pocket portion P2. If it be desired to slightly space the wall portions l2 and I6 away from each other, a i'lller strip I9 may be disposed between the wall portions with the stitching I8 passing through said strip. The elements I8 and I9 may be arranged to permit intercommunication between the upper and lower pocket portions and hence may terminate 4inspaced relation to the ends of the pocket P to thus afford passages 2I between the Ybe rigid throughout, except that theV lower portions of the arms may be flexible to yield with the `wall structure of the receptacle. AThe portions 25 may have securement portions ex' tending laterally or in opposite directions in the plane of the handle, as embodied, for instance;
in a strip member 26 interconnecting the lower ends of each handle. Y Y Y Thehandle 22 is disposable in a pocket rPnso that the upper handle portion23 lies inthe upper pocket portion PI. VForthis reason, the line of stitching I8 is spaced sufficiently from the slit I5. Sufficient space may be'providedto permit theluse of a closure, suchy as a snap YVfastener 21 to close the upper pocket,V portion above the handle. 'I'he arms 24 extend through the passages 2I into the lower pocketrportion P2,"in Ywhich liesthe stripV 26 in position to haveV stop engagement with the stitching YIIJ upon upward movement ofthe handle into carrying` position'as Yshown in Fig. 2. Y
` Thewhanrdle 22 may consist of a'wire reenforcement 28 of Ushape form, about which is secured a strip of material to form a sleeve 29 for the wire. Where the'wireterminates at 30,- the sleeve 29 Vis slitted to lieflat and thin to form the exible portion'25, to which the strip 25 may be secured bya riVetSI. y g
It Vwill b e understood ,that theV handlea'nd pocket structures. are identical for both sides of the device III.V
VvIn manufacturefthewalls I2, lying in a plane Ymay have the strips I9 glued theretoythen the 'handles are placed, and the wall elements seWed down at I1 and ,I8 tothe .Walls I2 whichv haveY 'I'he receptacle is been previously `slitted at I5. then completed in the usual manner. Y
Inuse, the'pockets P are always kept partially closed by the fastening `means -fI-8, Ywhich-saves distortion thereof. Also Af raying of the mouth of the pocketat I5 by sliding movement of the handle isv avoidd,`becausetheentire pocket portion PI acts asia lguide for the handle, Vandthe lower'edge at I5 is free to move away from the handle, while the latter isfrestrained against'out-V ward swinging movement. The'structure is very neat,`thi'nl and! compact fand'the handle is se- Ycu'rely held in the concealedV position, even without the closure 21.
While the Yarms 24 of the handle are relatively long, the parts 25 afford flexibility. The stripY 26 isv guided and retained at along theplane of the pocket by the drawing together. of thepocket at the stitching I8, irrespective of theV iiexibility of the handle portion 25. A veryfimportantradvantage is that the cost of manufacture is greatly reduced, the operations being well'radapted to quantity production. .There is'thus afforded a novelty case which fulfills the objects of the invention, and may be held underA the arm with the handles concealed, 'or carried by means of the handles at the convenience ofthe user. Y 1
I claim: l. A device including av portable receptacle havingside walls providing therebetween a main compartment open at anupper edge'of the receptacle, wall'sections withinthe compartment in relative proximity tosaid edge and marginally individually securedto saidlwalls, the latterrhav.-
"ing'slits'xtendi'ng'alng'and in relative prximity to said opening so'as to afford downward opening pockets with the wall sections, U-shaped handles for the receptacle disposed so as to be slidable through said slits into the pockets to be housed therein and outward .of the pockets so as to project above said edge for carrying the receptaclarsaid handles having the lowerV por# `tions of their respective arms retained in the pockets in the receptacle carrying position of the handles, and each vof the pockets having a Vic fastening means interconnecting the wall 'sec- Vtions and their respective walls, each fastening `means being spaced downward away fromv the ing stop engagement with the fastening means when thev handle Yis slid outward Yof they pocket and being otherwise free of the fastening means, VV
Vthe arms .of'ea'ch handle beingreceived ina lower pocket'portion'and the upper part of the handle in an upper pocket portion when the handle is housed in the pocket, said fastening meansthus preventing Vspreading of 'the'pockets by the handles and maintaining vthe latter in fixed position when housed Yin the pockets, and releasablefclosure means at the slits for closing the upper pocket portions. Y
2. A device including a portable Vreceptacle yhaving a Vside wall, a U-shapedV handle for the receptacle, a wall portion cooperating with said v wall to provide a pocket having ann-elongatedv top opening, the handle being disposed so as to be slidable'into housed position inthe Ypocket Y and outward of the openingY for carrying the receptacle, means interconnecting the wall and wall portion in spaced relation'to said opening to divide the pocket'into upperfand lower portions, said means bein-g spaced, from the ends of the pocket to provide passages forV the Varms of the handle, andthe arms having end;por tions in the lower pocketV portion adapted for stop engagement with thesaid means upon L'moving the handle into carrying position, andthe Y.
aA device including@ portable receptacie Y having a main compartment, said receptacle having a plurality Yofwall portions-providing a pocket'having an elongated top openingen.A the outside ofr vthe receptacle, Ya U-shaped handle for-the receptacle movable into the pocket, means extending generally parallel to the pocket open-f ing-and interconnecting the-saidwall portions, said means being so spaced downward Y of-'the pocketopeningjas to affordan upper pocket por- 'Y tion forvr housing theupprpart of thehandle, said means cooperating with the pockettoafford passages for the arms of the vhandlefinto the top handle portion out of Vsaidpocket opening Y into receptacle carrying position.'
"4.A "device 'including ar portable V'receptacle 1yr having a main compartment, said receptacle having a wall structure of exible material for said compartment, said wall structure comprising a plurality of wall portions affording a pocket, the latter having an elongated top opening disposed in proximity to an edge of the receptacle, a U-shaped handle adapted to be housed in the pocket, means interconnecting the wall portions of the latter at points parallel to and spaced from the pocket opening so as to afford a top pocket portion adapted to snugly receive the upper part of the handle, the upper pocket portion serving as a relatively snug fitting guide for the handle, said means alfo'rding openings for movement of the arms of the handle into the lower part of the pocket, the lower portions of said arms being flexible so as to yield with the wall structure, and stop portions at the lower ends of said arms and being spaced below said means to have stop engagement therewith upon upward movement of the handle outward of the pocket into receptacle carrying position.
5. A device including a portable receptacle having a main compartment, said receptacle having a wall structure of flexible material for said compartment, said wall structure comprising a plurality of wall portions affording a pocket, the latter having an elongated top opening disposed in proximity to an edge of the receptacle, a U-shaped handle adapted to be housed in the pocket, a line of stitching interconnecting the wall portions in spaced relation to the ends of the pocket and in spaced relation to the pocket opening, said line of stitching holding the wall portions in close relation to each other, the upper part of the handle being received in the pocket above the line of stitching, the arms of the handle extending into the portion of the pocket below the line of stitchingl between the ends of the latter and the ends of the pocket, said handle being relatively stii except that the end portions of the handle are flexible to yield with the wall structure, and a strip element interconnecting the ends of the handle, said element being thin and lying flatwise along the plane of the pocket to be guided into edgewise stop engagement with the line of stitching by the closely related adjacent wall portions upon movement-of the upper part of the handle out of the pocket for carrying the receptacle.
6. A device including a portable receptacle having a compartmlent having a top opening and a flexible side wall for said compartment, a wall section disposed in the compartment and connected to the side wall, the latter having a slit extending along said top opening to afford a pocket with the wall section, a U-shaped handle Y adapted to be housed in the pocket, a fastening means interconnecting the wall and the wall section in spaced relation to said slit to afford an upper pocket portion for receiving the upper part of the handle, the fastening means extending between the arms of the handle and being spaced from the ends of the pocket, the handlelv being rigid and having the lower end portions of its arms flexible, a strip element interconnecting the lower ends of the arms and disposed below the fastening means, said handle being movable outward of the pocket into receptacle carrying position with the strip element having stop engagement with the fastening means.
'7. A device including a portable receptacle having a compartment and a wall therefor, said wall comprising a plurality of wall portions affording an upward opening pocket, a handle of U-shaped movable into the pocket, the arms of the handle having laterally extending free end portions, and the pocket including means interconnecting the wall portions inward of the ends of the pocket and intermediate of the said opening and bottom of the pocket for stop engagement with the laterally engaging portions of the handles, to thus permit the handle to assume a position part way outside of the pocket for carrying the receptacle, and the top of the handle L..
being receivable in the pocket' above the stop means with the pocket at the opening thereof serving as a relatively snug fitting guide for the handle arms.